The toughest crowd for doctor jokes

I HAD done my share of conference papers and large group presentations before, but this was a totally different proposition.

‘A take-no-prisoners crowd’, they had said.

I had been warned about their likely disregard for protocol, and the guaranteed interruptions, unanswerable questions and walk-outs.

My palms grew sweatier as I was flooded with self-doubt.

Did I have the right balance of material? Would I run short? Would they laugh at my jokes?

Then it was the moment of truth and, with a deep breath,

I stood as I heard my introduction.

I walked to the lectern,

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